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Kane and Lynch: Dead Men

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In this crime thriller, Kane and Lynch are hardened gangsters who are soon to be executed. Instead, they are released from the prison by a gang that believes Kane stole its money. The gang has Kane’s family as hostages and wants the money back. Kane, Lynch, and other criminals they will hire have to gather the required sum by robbing banks, kidnapping people for ransom, and completing other criminal tasks. Gameplay in Kane & Lynch is slightly reminiscent of GTA series with its third-person cop-shooting massacres. However, instead of the open world, there are consecutive levels with a mission in each, like in Hitman series (which was made by the same studio). In the story mode, Kane is the only protagonist under the player’s control. Lynch and other members of the gang are AI-controlled, though Kane can order them to move, follow, or attack. In the co-op mode, the other player can assume the role of Lynch. Playing for him is a little different because Lynch is a psychopath who sees hallucinations. There’s also an online multiplayer mode called Fragile Alliance that includes several new maps. In this mode, the team of players tries to survive the police assault and reach their getaway car.
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Release date
Nov 13, 2007
IO Interactive
Square Enix
Square Enix, Eidos Interactive
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

Minimum configuration
(800x600, detail reduced)
  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2Ghz or AMD Athlon XP 1800+
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Video card: 128 MB NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better
  • INPUT DEVICES: 100% Windows 2000/XP compatible mouse and keyboard
Recommended configuration
(Up to 1280x960, all features on)
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.5Ghz or AMD Athlon XP 2400+
Optimum configuration
(1600x1200, all features on)
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz or AMD Athlon XP 3000+
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Video card: 128 MB NVIDIA 8300 or better/ATI X1800 or better
  • INPUT DEVICES: 100% Windows 2000/XP compatible mouse and keyboard or Xbox 360-compatible controller
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"Kane and Lynch: Dead Men" is a story-driven linear Third-person coverage shooter. We are Kane, a failed Mercenary who ended up in Jail. Almost always by our Side: The psychologically unstable Lynch, who sometimes has mental Breakdowns and becomes unpredictable. After we fled Captivity with him, he no longer gives way from our Side. He is watching us to do what the Men who kidnapped our Wife and daughter have ordered us to do ... Game Mechanically, we are not one in the cover shooter. Most of it works solidly, although it also happens that our Character only reluctantly takes Cover or our Shots get stuck on the Wall right in front of us, even though we clearly aim past her. Gun Selection is shooter Standard. In addition, even Pistols with a single Shot scatter quite strongly (and not because of the Wave-particle dualism). Our Companions (at first it's just Kane, later our Squad becomes more extensive) we can give rudimentary Orders on how to attack who or where their next Waypoint is. The Graphics were also 2007 Average, only some Lighting effects can be very atmospheric. And the Gun sounds are unspectacular, too. The Scope of the Solo Campaign is manageable and the AI Is not the brightest. Although it takes Cover and acts independently in larger Areas, which can lead to entertaining, Observable Battle scenes, on the other hand, it also manages not to recognize its Opponents when they stand one Meter next to it. Doesn't really Speak for a Recommendation and yet: "Kane and Lynch: Dead Man" not only has a relatively good And exciting Story line, but above all outstanding characters. Failed Existences, finished Types. Not Heroes, but Criminals who make Mistakes, who make highly questionable, despicable actions. Who constantly get into their Hair, cannot trust each other, because they are often unpredictable. The grandiose Lynch, in particular, is ambivalent, fearsome and fickle. These are real Characters and you don't often find that in the shooter area. And that makes this otherwise rather weak game a Special One. The excellent setting of figures also contributes To this quality of figures. And I'm clearly talking about the English one, which-as is so often the case-is just a weak Gossip with bad Overacting. The English Speakers are really good, and that's not just true of the Main Characters. Up to short Interjections, which you often only hear from any Opponents in the Background, the Synchro is right. The Question of when and how Music or small Sounds are used is also intelligently solved. The Disco, which we visit several times, is a Prime Example of this. The first two Times she's full of People, loud Music roars out of the Boxes, the stroboscope lights leave little to spot. Then all the Dancers are gone, the Lights on and an amazing Emptiness arises mainly from the Silence that fills the Room. Rating: 8/10 Atmosphere 8/10 Story 6/10 Graphic 7/10 Sound 5/10 Game Mechanics 6/10 Balancing 6/10 Play Deep 7/10 Game Pass Conclusion: Game Mechanically Middle sumptuous Cover Shooter with grandiose and unforgettable Characters. 7/10 Overall Rating
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